"The Spring 2002 Number of the 'Journal' is devoted to papers from the '(Re)Making Anglican Tradition(s) in North America' conference celebrating the tercentenary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts that was held at Trinity College, Toronto, Ontario, from 23 June to 27 June 2002. .... The papers [in this issue] represent most of the topics of the conference and range from the fully developed research papers, to dissertation outlines, to portions of books in preparation to brief surveys of the historical discussion" (p. 5).
"The position paper on the future of the Anglican Archives Network 'You Are My Witnesses: The Future of the Anglican Archives Network' written by the Archivist of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada [Richard Virr] and the Archivist of General Synod [Terry Thompson] with the assistance of the other three Provincial Archivists is published in this number of the 'Journal'. Both Dr. [Christopher] Trott's letter and the position paper are indicative of how the historical and archival communities are trying to deal with the on-going financial crisis in the Anglican Church of Canada due to the unresolved Residential School legation [sic]" (p. 6).
Letter dated 14 June 2002 and addressed to members of the Canadian Church Historical Society. "Over the past year, the CCHS has been going through a number of important organizational changes .... As of the Annual General Meeting on May 27, 2002 the Society has become independently incorporated as a charitable non-profit society. Please see the appended By-Law #1 of the Society [printed on pages -188 of this issue and separately indexed]. Since the Strategic Plan of 1995, the Society has gradually been moving into an 'arms length' relationship with the Anglican General Synod. The incorporation of the CCHS completes this process. The Board is presently applying to register as a charitable organization under the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency in order to issue tax receipts. The Annual General Meeting also adopted a strategic plan. This plan authorizes the Board to negotiate the purchase of the General Synod Archives from the Anglican Church of Canada, and to establish the means to provided operating funds for the Archives once they have been purchased".
"The Anglican Archives Network has been developed over the past twenty-five years to provide a means of communication, training and support for the diocesan and provincial archivists of the Anglican Church of Canada. This development has been largely the result of the work of the Archivist and archives staff of General Synod resulting in a 'from the top down' model. However, the General Synod support staff that has been available in the past is no longer available to the same degree that it has been due to the financial crisis overtaking General Synod. Therefore, oven both the present stage in the development of the Anglican Archives Network and the situation at General Synod, this would seem to be an opportune time to consider the future direction of the Anglican Archives Network. This position paper provides some historical background on archives, some current information and proposes a model for the future development of the Network" (p. -164). The Anglican Archives Network began in 1975 and "includes all the dioceses of the Canadian Church. The activities of the Network fall under five headings: 1. Training of diocesan archivists; 2. Records management instruction; 3. Information exchange on policies and developments; 4. Support to archivists and dioceses; 5. Coordination of activities" (p. 168).
Paper divided into sections: The Present Situation -- Archives and the Church -- History: Anglican Archives in Canada -- Canadian Church Historical Society -- Anglican Archives Network -- Who We Are -- General Synod -- General Synod and the Anglican Archives Network -- The Future -- Conclusion.
Position paper written by the Archivist of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada (Richard Virr) and the Archivist of General Synod (Terry Thompson). In addition, the paper "has been commented on and endorsed by: Trevor Powell, Archivist, Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land; Mary-Anne Nicholls, Archivist, Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario; Doreen Stephens, Archivist, Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon and James Sweeny, Chair, Information Services Subcommittee" (p. 177).
"The diocesan archivists from the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Ontario and Canada met in Montreal on 25 and 26 October 2002. .... This meeting was so successful that the [archivists of the ecclesiastical provinces] of Canada and Ontario have decided to meet together in the future. The next joint session is planned for October 2003 in Ottawa (p. 91)".
"On Friday, 7 March 2003, the day before the conference on Anglican history and archives, a group of Anglican archivists met in Saint John's College to renew the archives information network in the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land. .... The archivists discussed matters of common concern such as professional training for Anglican archivists, the implications of privacy legislation for access to archives, the need to strengthen the Anglican Archives Network, the progress of their own archives and their relationship with local genealogical societies. In the afternoon, the Rev. Brian Pearson of the Diocese of Calgary gave a presentation 'Archives and the Art of Lying' and read from two of his books".
"The General Synod archives will be closed to staff and the public from April 6 to June 8 , and the library from April 12 to May 10, as the national office of the Anglican Church of Canada prepares to move to its new quarters at 80 Hayden St., Toronto, on the weekend of April 24-25." [Move actually took place in June 2004.]
Photo with caption "Theresa Mandricks and Lydia Laku, staff, with General Synod's partnerships department, prepare for office move by shredding old files".
"About one half of all Pentecostal congregations in Canada hire a trained youth minister (compared to eight per cent of congregations in the United Church of Canada and probably a similar or smaller number in the Anglican Church of Canada)." "The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) has a few things to teach us. Since 1966, young people ages 14-19 and their leaders have taken part in biennial meetings of the Canadian Lutheran Youth Gathering (CLYG)". "Anglican youth leaders participated in Generation 2008, a national Anglican Youth Ministry conference last summer. Out of that emerged enthusiasm for many new initiatives, including the creation of CLAY 2010, the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth gathering, a joint effort between ELCIC and the Anglican Church. .... CLAY is scheduled to become a biennial event and it needs to receive the endorsement and financial support of dioceses and congregations". "One Anglican diocesan youth minister recently said that the part-time position was being eliminated, however the paid position for the diocesan archivist was being maintained".
The author an Anglican priest in the diocese of Toronto writes about his distress at reading the comments in the March 2009 editorial "comparing the work of youth ministry and the work of diocesan archivists". "In my experience of working with archivists at the diocesan and national levels, I have met individuals who deeply care not only about the sacred trust of being stewards of our church's documentary heritage. I have experienced people whose work deeply assists in the working through of current issues in the life of church (especially with respect to making right our legacy over residential schools, disputes of property) and who are deeply concerned with how stewardship of the knowledge of our past will direct us faithfully in our proclamation of the gospel to future generations. Both archivists and our youth ministries are to be commended, thanked, and upheld in our prayers, not played off against each other as scapegoats. The body of Christ has many members each with their own unique gifts and purpose".
A year ago, we met in this same place under a different Primate and in the company of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is hard, as Archbishop Fred Hiltz, our new Primate, said in his opening reflections, not to be mindful of all the changes that a year can bring. Changes are always with us. In our opening session, we welcomed two new members -- Bishops Linda Nicholls of Toronto, and Jane Alexander of Edmonton -- and in a rare but fortunate event, we re-welcomed Bishop Gordon Beardy who left us several years ago and who returns to the House as assistant Bishop of Keewatin. We welcomed retired Archbishop Terry Finlay of Toronto who has agreed to be our chaplain. We offered congratulations and prayers to Bishop Victoria Matthews on her election as Bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand. We welcomed the appointment of Bishop Nicholls to the Primate's Theological Commission. And we said goodbye to Bishop Charles Arthurson, who was attending his last meeting of the House of Bishops.
The meeting just ended exemplifies the many roles that we, the Bishops of the Church, play. We dealt with the business of the church, hearing reports on residential schools, on pensions, from the International Anglican Women's Network and on theological education. We also spent a full day together privately, sharing our experiences of the many difficult aspects of Episcopal ministry.
On the first evening of our gathering, we heard a report and some reflections from Archbishop Fred Hiltz, now nearing the end of his first year as Primate. Archbishop Fred gave us a printed report on his activities and travels, which have been considerable, and supplemented the report with what he called "snapshots" -- moments that have remained with him in memory. We were struck by two phrases that he used again and again. He described people in meetings and communities and other places he visited as "being as one" in their love for the church and he also spoke again and again of people who share with him their pride in being Anglican and engaged in God's mission.
On our first full day of this gathering, we met in a private session to consider the life and unity of the Canadian Church and of the Anglican Communion of which we are a part. This was a day of deep reflection and sharing, a day that brought some pain, but also a day of hope as we listened to each others' stories and were reminded once again of all that we share and of the deep affection we have one for another. It was good to listen to each others' stories and, in so doing, to encourage each other. We responded to a letter from Bishop Donald Harvey on behalf of the Anglican Network in Canada. In the midst of these challenges, we repeat that we have put in place a process for shared episcopal ministry, and that we continue to be a Church to which all are welcome.
The day also included presentations by Canadian members of the Covenant Design Group, charged by the Archbishop of Canterbury with drafting a covenant for the approval of the member provinces of the Communion. The covenant is meant to be an expression of our Communion and is now in its second draft, which we agree, is an improvement over the first. We were also briefed by Bishop George Bruce on the Canadian response to the drafts of the Covenant and we shared our responses with him. A document on the Canadian response will go to the Council of General Synod next month.
Not surprisingly, since this is the last time we will gather as a House before this summer's Lambeth Conference of all the bishops of the Communion, we spent considerable time talking about that and hearing from those who have attended before. This was a sweeping conversation covering everything from the agenda and available bursaries to proper attire and what the living accommodations are like.
The last time we met, we instituted a practice of inviting several bishops per meeting to introduce their dioceses to us, and to tell us of the challenges and joys that they experience. This time we heard profiles on the dioceses of Central Newfoundland, Ontario and Brandon.
We also heard a report from Bishop Mark MacDonald, now well into his second year as National Indigenous Bishop. We were heartened to hear him tell us that it appears that in the creation of the position of National Indigenous Bishop, the "Anglican Church of Canada understood a primal reality of indigenous life and unleashed imagination that we had never anticipated."
We were given an update on residential schools and on the work being done in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission whose members have yet to be announced by the federal Government. We heard from Archbishop Fred about the church leaders' tour that he was involved in to raise public awareness of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We were struck by the tremendous debt of gratitude that we and the Church owe to General Synod Archivist Nancy Hurn, and other diocesan archivists, who are involved in challenging and ground-breaking work in making sure that the Church lives up to its obligations in providing access to information contained in documents in its possession.
A staff delegation from the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund briefed us on the history, work and mission of this Anglican ministry and shared with us some of the ambitious plans they are making to celebrate the Primate's Fund's 50th anniversary in less than two years. The Primate's Fund exemplifies the very best work that a church can do in reaching out to the developing world and in responding to natural and human disasters.
Our days, when we meet, are framed by prayer. We begin the day with Eucharist, followed by morning prayer and Bible study. We end with night prayers. We continue to be grateful to God for the privilege of being in ministry with the whole Church.
"[By] Material Heritage Group, Anglican Church of Canada".
Includes bibliographical references: pp. 31-32.
"`Keeping Track' is a guide for documenting the architecture and artifacts, or the material heritage, of the Anglican Church of Canada. Material heritage is a broad term for all the physical property of the Anglican Church of Canada. This includes land, buildings, structures, furnishings, and adornments belonging to each parish, diocese, and synod. .... An important first step is to determine where such material heritage lies, and who is responsible for its custody, control, and care. This requires making inventories of all immovable and movable property." -- Intro. p. 5.
Contents: Introduction -- Responsibility for Material Heritage -- Suggested Guidelines for Action -- Inventory Procedures -- Building and Property Inventory Procedure -- Artifact Inventory Procedure -- Stained Glass Window Inventory Procedure -- Guidelines on Disposition of Redundant Church Property -- Selected Resources -- Appendix A: Material Heritage Group -- Appendix B: Inventory Procedure Forms.
"First published in 2002 by SCM Press. This paperback edition published in 2003". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"The purpose of this book is twofold. It provides brief portraits of forty-eight bishops who were in office from about the time of the 1832 Reform Bill, when the Church of England as well as the nation as a whole entered a period of continuous change, until the final years of the twentieth century." -- Intro., p. .
Beeson "ends by asking why such able and interesting bishops are now in short supply and wonders whether the hectically busy managerial role assumed by the bishops of the new millennium represents a betrayal of the Episcopal office and a consequent weakening of the Church's witness in an incredibly secularized society. Looking not far ahead, the likely impact of women bishops is also discussed". -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgements / TB -- Introduction -- The aristocrats and the courtiers -- The scholars -- The statesmen -- The prophets -- The pastors -- The controversialists -- The headmasters -- The church reformers -- The social reformers -- The missionaries -- The evangelists -- The odd men out -- The pioneers : looking ahead -- Bibliography -- Index.
OTCH Note: The bishops described are in order of discussion: Edward Stuart Talbot, William Cecil, Charles Sumner, Cosmo Gordon Lang, Robin Woods, Connop Thirlwall, Joseph Barber Lightfoot, Mandell Creighton, Kenneth Kirk, Ian Ramsey, Archibald Campbell Tait, Randall Davidson, William Temple, George Bell, John Percival, Edward Lee Hicks, John A.T. Robinson, E.R. (Ted) Wickham, Edward King, William Walsham How, Edward Woods, Launcelot Fleming, Herbert Hensley Henson, Ernest William Barnes, Frederick Temple, George Ridding, Neville Gorton, Geoffrey Fisher, Edward Stanley, Charles James Blomfield, Samuel Wilberforce, Leslie Hunter, James Fraser, Brooke Foss Westcott, Charles Gore, George Augustus Selwyn, John William Colenso, Charles Mackenzie, Frank Weston, Joost de Blank, Arthur Foley Winnington-Ingram, Walter Carey, Christopher Chavasse, Cuthbert Bardsley, Henry Phillpotts, T.B. Strong, Mervyn Stockwood and Douglas Feaver.
The Council of General Synod has appointed Nancy J. Hurn General Synod Archivist. Council made the appointment at its regular fall meeting in Mississauga, Ont., last week.
Ms. Hurn, a member of St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Islington, has extensive experience in archives work in Toronto, including several years as an archivist with the city clerk's department of the City of Toronto. She has also served as chair of the Diocese of Toronto Archives Committee and was a member of the former General Synod Archives Committee.
The General Synod Archives includes an extensive collection of historic materials relating to the Anglican Church of Canada, and has responsibility for records management at the church's national office.
In recent years, litigation on claims filed by former students at Indian Residential Schools has required significant and helpful research with the archives' historical records.
Ms. Hurn succeeds Terry Thompson who served as General Synod Archivist from 1979 to 2003. She has taken a position with the Information Resources Department of the University of Calgary.
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